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Author Guidelines Journal of the University of Ruhuna is published quarterly (March, June, September and December) as an online journal by University of Ruhuna. Research articles, Short communications, Research notes and Review articles in all fields of Science and Technology, Management and Social Sciences are accepted any time during the year to be considered for publication. Manuscripts and all correspondence should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief through
by informing the running title of your manuscript.
The manuscript should be typewritten using double-spaced text of Times New Roman 12 font throughout on one side of A4 size paper, leaving at least 1.25 inch margins on both sides and 1 inch margin on top and bottom with proper numbering of pages. The layout of the manuscript should be as followed.
Should include the title of the paper (must not exceed 100 characters), names and affiliations of all authors, including the e-mail address, contact telephone and fax number of the corresponding author.
Title of the paper (less than 100 characters) -No author names or author affiliations here.
Should not exceed 250 words. No references to articles, equations, diagrams, etc. Should only include a summary of objective(s), methodology and important results/conclusions. Should be written in one paragraph.
maximum of six keywords, relevant to the study
Should include a brief description of the reasons for conducting the study including the background. References to any previous work related to the study by the same author or any other authors should be included. Give reference to any conference presentation (oral or poster) of the same or the part of the work given in the paper (with the titles and the name of the conference/meeting in the reference section).
Details of how the study was carried out should be included here with complete description of any new methods/procedures. If an already established method or methods followed, proper reference(s) should be given. Methods of statistical analysis should be stated appropriately. Any sketches/diagrams relevant to study methods/procedures could be given as relevant.
The results should be presented briefly, but clearly and rationally. Only the data essential for the main conclusions should be included, in tabular form, whenever possible. Interpretation of data with proper discussion needs to be included here. Repetition of the same results in figures, tables or text should be avoided. Statements that do not supported by data should be avoided. Tedious discussions should be avoided. Tables, figures, etc. should be attached to the end of the manuscript, after references with proper numbering.
All new conclusions drawn should be included here. If earlier findings or conclusions get revised, proper references should be given.
Should be brief and made for specific scientific and technical assistance only and not for routine help in preparing manuscripts. If a significant part of the research was performed in an institution other than in those indicated by the authors’ affiliations given in the title page, this fact should be acknowledged.
References to the literature must be indicated in the text and tables as per the Harvard System, by the author’s name and year, in parenthesis (i.e. Able, 1997). Citation to work by more than two authors should be abbreviated with the use of et al. (i.e. Able et al., 1997). Multiple works by the same first author in the same year should be coded by letters, (i.e.Thompson,1991a, b). Multiple citations should be listed in chronological order and separated by a semi-colon, (i.e.Zimmerman et al., 1986; Able et al., 1997). Reference to unpublished work, work in preparation or work under review should be cited in italics as (unpublished data) or, with the author’s initials and surname given; such works should not be included in the Reference section. Personal communications may be mentioned in the text as (Personal communication, 2 June 2000), with the date of communication. The list of references should be arranged in alphabetical order and numbered. Please use following guide when listing references.
Boutin C. and Harper J.L. (1991). A comparative study of the population dynamics of five species of Veronica in natural habitats. Journal of Ecology 79(01): 199-221.
Burnham K.P. and Anderson D.R. (2002). Model Selection and Multimodal Inference, 2nd edition, pp.488. Springer Science and Business Media, Inc., New York, USA. Hinrichsen R.A. and Holmes E.E. (2009). Using multivariate state-space models to study spatial structure and dynamics. Spatial Ecology (eds. R.S. Cantrell, C. Cosner and S. Ruan), pp. 145–166.CRC/Chapman Hall, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Weaver D. (2002). Implementation of a learning management system using an integrated approach to professional development. In: Winds of change in the sea of learning. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)(eds. A. Williamson, C. Gunn, A. Young and T. Clear), volume 2, Auckland, New Zealand, 8-11 December. Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NewZealand, pp.711-720.
All manuscripts should be submitted to the following address in triplicate, one original and two copies including tables and figures. The electronic version may be submitted by email or as a CD. Authors will be informed of the receipt of the manuscript by email.
Senior Professor Rohan Rajapaksha
The Editor-in-Chief/Journal of the University of Ruhuna
Dept. of Biology,
Faculty of Agriculture,
University of Ruhuna,
Submission Preparation Checklist As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Copyright Notice ©University of Ruhuna Matara, Sri Lanka Privacy Statement The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.